Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) ideologue Devendra Swarup passed away on Monday in the capital following multi-organ failure. He was 93.
He was admitted to the AIIMS Delhi on December 30 due to age-related diseases and breathed his last at 5.24 p.m. on Monday after multi organ failure, doctors said.
Born in 1926 in a small town of Kanth in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad district, he became a whole-time RSS Pracharak after completing his graduation.
Swarup’s journey in journalism started in 1948 from a Hindi magazine ‘Chetna’ published from Banaras as an associate of its Editor Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He also worked under Vajpayee in ‘Panchjanya’ and later became its Editor.
Swarup was a “moving encyclopedia” and worked closely with all the RSS chiefs from M.S. Golwalkar, also known as Guru Golwalkar, to K.C. Sudarshan, the RSS said in a statement.
He was jailed for six months during the ban on RSS after the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948, the statement said.
Swarup headed the Deendayal Research Institute and was associated with the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) as a historian. He authored books like “Integral Humanism, Politics of Conversion” and the “RSS, Politics and Media”.